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Rossi and Gibernau promise another classic at Brno

Rossi and Gibernau promise another classic at Brno

Rossi and Gibernau promise another classic at Brno

The MotoGP World Championship paddock reconvened after a four-week break at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this afternoon as the teams and riders prepared for an intense finale to the 2005 season, with seven races scheduled for the next eleven weekends. As tales of summer frolics quickly subsided, attention turned to eleventh round of the MotoGP campaign, with the main protagonists of two stunning races over the past two years at this circuit promising more of the same on Sunday.

Valentino Rossi has returned refreshed from a brief holiday in his native Italy with his sights firmly focused on rounding off an incredible second season as a Yamaha rider with his fifth consecutive MotoGP title. After eight victories from the opening ten rounds the 26-year-old leads the series by 120 points and needs just two more wins to guarantee the title. If he needed any extra motivation for this weekend's race he will take it from defeat here last season by 3.5 seconds from Sete Gibernau.

"Last year we had a good race but I arrived second so this time we will try to do better," said Rossi, who beat Gibernau to take victory by less than half a second at the same event in 2003. "It has been nice to have a break and gather more power for the end of the season, also Yamaha have worked hard to get some new parts ready for the last few races so we are ready. This is the difficult part of the season, with a lot of flights and a lot of races in a short space of time but we have to keep working and hopefully our good form will continue."

Gibernau has only won once since last season's race here but, after losing out to Rossi on the final lap of the last round at Sachsenring, he has promised his fans a victory before the end of the season and sees no reason why it can't come this Sunday. "I'm looking forward to having fun on the bike again, having good races and Brno is always a circuit I look forward to," commented the Spaniard. "Last year we won in the Czech Republic and I remember it as one of the most enjoyable races of the season. That victory and the good sensations I left with from the last race in Germany mean that I'm returning to the championship feeling mentally strong. The holidays have been short but I managed to disconnect and I'm coming back to work with plenty of energy."


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